Friends established itself more than 25 years ago as one of the great sitcoms in television history. However, and although his legion of fans keeps alive the passion for the experiences of Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Joey and Phoebe, the series continues to have a halo of controversy when it comes to talking about certain topics, especially when touching the issue of diversity among the actors who appeared.
The premiere of Friends: The Reunion in HBO Max (HBO in Spain) has revived some of those criticisms about the lack of the few black performers who were invited to appear in the series, such as Aisha Tyler, Janet Hubert or Garbielle Union.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Ben winston, director of this special Friends reunion, explained that “not all the actors were available to participate in Friends: the reunion“In addition, the director said he was satisfied with the result of the special.
“We have Malala, Mindy Kaling, BTS“Winston said.” There are three women from Ghana, one talking about how Friends saved her life, two boys from Kenya, three children from India… What more diversity do they want? ” At the time, Marta Kauffman, co-creator of Friends, admitted that she was sorry she had not promoted diversity more in the series. On the other hand, Kevin BrightThe show’s director recently said that he had no regrets about the cast they cast: “What do you want me to say, that I wish Lisa was black? It would have been crazy not to cast all six leads.”
One of the arguments to criticize the lack of diversity of Friends is that the series is set in New York, which is a cultural and racial melting pot. Do you agree with those criticisms about the series?